The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday its warplanes carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets, in the first acknowledgment of rejoining combat operations since grounding jets after the capture of a Jordanian pilot.
Last week, the UAE said it deployed F-16 fighters to Jordan, but did not indicate when it would resume the U.S.-led air campaign against the militants.
Jordan, another key Arab partner in the coalition, stepped up attacks last week after the release of a video showing the captive pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, burned to death by the Islamic State. The UAE had suspended airstrikes following Kaseasbeh’s capture in late December.
The UAE’s state news agency WAM said the F-16s carried out attacks and returned safely to base, but gave no further details.
Jordan has widened its airstrikes to include Islamic State weapons depots and suspected training camps in Iraq and Syria, military officials said.